1 Timothy 2: Why Does Paul Tell Women To Shut It?

Ah, 1 Timothy 2…the foundation of most debates concerning women in ministry. It is here where Paul tells women to…shut it. Why does he do it? Well, let’s back up for a second, as a lot of critical issues go into this text…including: literary context, grammar, history, and culture. I’d love to get into each […]

So What’s All the Love Hype About, Anyways?

So here’s a post about love on Valentine’s Day. I’ve only been married six months, so this post isn’t what you think. I got the inspiration to write this from a short excerpt I heard on NPR yesterday. Man, how I wish I remembered her name (and if you happened to have heard it and […]

A Word of Advice for the Struggling Christian

As most of you know, I wear quite a few different hats. I juggle those hats multiple times a day— from “student” to “mentor” to “coworker” to “wife” (you can throw “daughter” and “friend” and other things, I’m sure, in there too). But one hat that I’ve been wearing for quite a few years now, […]

When Life is…Ordinary

Life has been pretty ordinary lately. Now, don’t get me wrong, by ordinary I don’t mean that it’s been in any way negative. In fact, life in its ordinary-ness has been really, really good. Have you ever been in a season where the mundane is so good that you don’t want it to change? That’s […]

Denying Yourself in a Binge-Obsessed Culture?

Taylor and I enjoyed a short getaway to Destin, FL, this past weekend. It was perfect. Sure, the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area is perfect (sand-dunes, Irish pubs, great pizza, white beaches…HELLO)…but what made our weekend perfect was the fact that we had four hours of road trip to have a long, hard talk about life. […]

Why ‘Follow Your Heart’ is the Worst Advice Ever

Today’s culture is obsessed with feelings. “What’s your heart telling you?” “Do what makes you happy…Do what feels right” These are things I constantly hear and see—from blog posts to articles to celebrity advice—everyone is always telling us to follow the internal-emotion-hub that is our hearts. Hey, if that’s what you feel in the moment, […]

Oh, Glorious Freedom

Today is America’s birthday. A glorious day in which we meditate on history and its leading towards what makes this country what it is—freedom. Have you ever thought about how much there is to learn from history? Not only does history repeat itself, but we can learn a lot about human behavior by looking back […]

When Loneliness Invades Your Space

I didn’t spend the holidays at home this year. It was weird. The day after Christmas, I wrote down these words in my journal: It’s December 26—the day after Christmas. I didn’t go home for Christmas this year. In fact, I’m sitting in Little Rock, Arkansas in a hip little coffee shop listening to an […]